THR Stumbling at 5 weeks

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I had anterior approach hip surgery Jan 26. Did great till week 5. Only using cane outside if I go tired. Then I stumbled, abt once a day and of course was thrown off mentally. Surgeon said xray looked good znd likely caused from inflammation. Inside and soft tissue issues. Took advil, iced more, but totally depressing. I had no real pain, and still don't except if I touch around the site, I can tell it's aggravated and I ice. PT has me using walker again and some exercises. I'm told it's a setback, but still hard to comprehend when I was doing so well. Anyone else experience stumbles? Not falling
 

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5 weeks might seem like a long time but in THR recovery it's not. Over working the muscles will make them tired and weak and it is easy to stumble when they get like that. Set backs are all to common and they are depressing when they happen. Ice and rest are the best medicine.
 

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Hello and Welcome to BoneSmart and recovery! Thanks for joining us. I am sorry you're struggling currently, but it will get better!

To answer your question...Yes, many stumble and unfortunately some have even fallen. It definitely can set you back. The advice you've received to ice and rest will help. I will leave our Recovery Guidelines below with best wishes for your comfort. Please don't be a stranger here and come back to share more of your healing journey with us. We love updates. Happy Thursday!

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As you begin healing, please keep in mind that each recovery is unique. While the BoneSmart philosophy successfully works for many, there will be exceptions. Between the recommendations found here, your surgeon's recovery protocol and any physical therapy you may engage in, the key is to find what works best for you.

1. Don’t worry: Your body will heal all by itself. Relax, let it, don't try and hurry it, don’t worry about any symptoms now, they are almost certainly temporary.

2. Control discomfort:
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3. Do what you want to do BUT
a. If it hurts, don't do it and don't allow anyone - especially a physical therapist - to do it to you​
b. If your leg swells more or gets stiffer in the 24 hours after doing it, don't do it again.​

4. PT or exercise can be useful BUT take note of these

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BIG TIP: Hips actually don't need any exercise to get better. They do a pretty good job of it all on their own if given half a chance. Trouble is, people don't give them a chance and end up with all sorts of aches and pains and sore spots. All they need is the best therapy which is walking and even then not to excess.

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Thanks for the information. I hope you're feeling better.
Happy Two Month Anniversary, Soccerrmom.
Wishing you a great week! :)
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It's a horrible state. I was doing well and stable up to about 4.5 weeks. Now I ice, advil and reduce exercise. Feel better for bit in p.m. then stumble a bit.its so hard to tolerate. Little stability with a cane. How long does this last
Or how do I even know the issue for certain?
 

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I'm sorry. If you are not satisfied with your surgeons diagnosis, consider scheduling another visit since it's been about three and a half weeks (right?) and you're not feeling any better. Or are you noticing some improvement?

You may try stepping away from ALL exercise for a couple weeks and see if you notice a difference. Walk for your exercise, but not to excess. Doing that alone while engaging in the actives of daily living may be enough for now, at least until you're feeling better.
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Hello Soccermom,
It's your three month anniversary today. How are you doing? Please let us know. I hope things are better than they were a month ago. Will look forward to your update.
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